No Self, Selflessness (Anatta/Anatman) & the Five Aggregates

 
The concept of no self or selflessness (also known as anatta or anatman in Buddhism) can sometimes be confusing. If there is no self, then who or what is experiencing our present reality? The Buddha taught that there are five aggregates that constitute a living being; however, to solely identify with these is to rob ourselves of knowing our true nature which isn’t defined by these five phenomena.

In this video, I explain in detail what these five aggregates (khandhas or skandhas) are and how the Buddha’s teachings of no self serves as a liberating reminder that our thoughts, feelings and perceptions are not to be taken so seriously; that instead there is a way to live in this world with a greater lightness of being.

 

Suggested Reading/Listening:

A list of the 51 Mental Formations

The Five Aggregates:A Study Guide by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

A nice talk on the aggregates by Gil Fronsdal

Another great talk on the five aggregates by Ajahn Brahm

 

Copyright notice: if you wish to reproduce the Buddha’s quote in this video please be aware of the copyright notice from the Access to Insight website.

©1998 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The text of this page (“Gaddula Sutta: The Leash (2)”, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of the license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. Documents linked from this page may be subject to other restrictions. Transcribed from a file provided by the translator. Last revised for Access to Insight on 30 November 2013. How to cite this document (a suggested style): “Gaddula Sutta: The Leash (2)” (SN 22.100), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013,http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.100.than.html.

©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The text of this page (“Bahuna Sutta: To Bahuna”, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of the license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. Documents linked from this page may be subject to other restrictions. Transcribed from a file provided by the translator. Last revised for Access to Insight on 30 November 2013. How to cite this document (a suggested style): “Bahuna Sutta: To Bahuna” (AN 10.81), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013,http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.081.than.html.

©2002 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The text of this page (“‘When you know for yourselves…’: The Authenticity of the Pali Suttas”, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of the license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. Documents linked from this page may be subject to other restrictions. Transcribed from a file provided by the author. Last revised for Access to Insight on 23 April 2012. How to cite this document (a suggested style): “‘When you know for yourselves…’: The Authenticity of the Pali Suttas”, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 23 April 2012,http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/authenticity.html.

 

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